A change in national attitude will create the space for bolder state reforms.
This essay offers three national solutions, executed through a mix of federal, state, and local reforms.
Their concerns vary from spiraling prison costs to intrusion of big government, from religious redemption to civil rights concerns.
We now know that we can reduce crime reduce incarceration.
But we should ask: Why do our laws allow prison — the harshest punishment available short of execution — for many of these crimes in the first place?